Mark 4:18-20: “And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word, and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit–some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some (even) a hundred times as much.” (The Amplified Bible)
The Christmas season is such a busy time with all the shopping, parties, parades, etc., it can be easy to get so caught up with celebrating the birthday of the King that we neglect to spend quality time with Him. No condemnation, I think we all do this at times, though not intentionally. I think one of the traps the enemy sets for us is to create all kinds of distractions for this very purpose. We just need to pray and use discernment about what activities we should be involved in and which ones to forego. A lot of ministers I think fall into this trap also, you can be so busy in ministry that you don’t spend enough time getting re-fueled for ministry by spending good quality time with the Lord. He’s our power source, as Jesus said: “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
I shared in my last post entitled “New Seasons” about my own experience in receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and attending the Rodney Howard Browne Revival in Lakeland, Florida many years ago and about the dream my husband recently had about that same type of anointing being poured out in our church (the Spirit of joy and laughter). I wanted to also share with you about another move of God that took place at my husband’s church that he attended at the time we met (Coleman Assembly of God). He told me that there were women in the church who would have what they called an after-glow, meaning they would stay in the altars and pray after church was over. Then they started praying from the time church ended on Sunday morning until church started that evening. The power and presence of God began manifesting in an astounding way; children as young as five years old received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and gave messages in tongues which were interpreted. People started being healed in large numbers. In fact, they started sending out teams into the neighborhoods to pray for people who wanted prayer and there were reports of 200 people being healed a month. The small church began to be packed out. I remember being there for one service with my husband and I was astounded at how strong the presence of the Lord was and how people were operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Again, this all started with a few women who began lingering in prayer.
I have been reminded that the Brownsville Revival also began with people who made a commitment to prayer. Some people said the Lord spoke to them to move to that area and begin praying for revival years in advance of when they actually began to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but again, it started with people who were committed to pray.
As I shared before, we will be having some praise and prayer meetings at our church starting on December 30th and I believe that these meetings will lead to a greater anointing and revival being ushered into our church. I am believing for many to be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, healed and delivered and signs and wonders to be manifested. Lord help us reach our community! If we’re a 30 fold Christian or Church, let us become a 60 or 100 fold!
I want to leave you with this scripture: “If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure (of thought and study) you give (to the truth you hear) will be the measure (of virtue and knowledge) that comes back to you–and more (besides) will be given to you who hear.” (Mark 4:23-24, The Amplified Bible). We need to give careful attention to the word of God and make seeking Him the top priority in our lives so we can become mature fruit-bearers for His kingdom and help usher in His power and presence, for that is what changes people’s lives. If you would like to read more about some powerful revivals, I would recommend The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney. Also, you can look up The Asuza Street Revival and Dr. Billye Brim has done a lot of teaching on the early (modern-day) revivals. May God bless and pour out his Spirit on you all in this new season. Kelly Rowe